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  • Joe Versus the Volcano
  • Moulin Rouge!
  • Beverly Hills Cop
  • Double Indemnity

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  • Five Fingers of Death

    ★★★★

  • Billy Madison

    ★★★½

  • All the President's Men

    ★★★★½

  • Pan

    ★★★½

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  • Face/Off

    Face/Off

    ★★★★★

    How in the name of Zeus's BUTTHOLE did Nicolas Cage become an action hero? Look at the trajectory of the Greatest Coppola's (fucking fight me on this, I dare you) career before "The Rock".

    Actually, when you look at Cage's career, anything makes perfect sense. Why wouldn't you move from winning an Oscar playing a man trying to drink himself to death to playing a Beatlemaniac chemical superfreak who takes on terrorists alongside James Bond himself? I wish more actors…

  • Every Which Way but Loose

    Every Which Way but Loose

    ★★★½

    Everyone famously tried to talk Clint Eastwood out of making this movie, but clearly if Clint Eastwood wants to drink beers, punch people and drive around with an orangutan then he's damned well going to do it. The joke was on everyone else, because Clint scowled all the way to the bank (Clint seems to wear a perpetual scowl, so that doesn't mean he wasn't happy...it just means that he was Clint Eastwood).

    "Every Which Way But Loose" is firmly…

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  • Five Fingers of Death

    Five Fingers of Death

    ★★★★

    I recently bought the Shaw Brothers collection (Volume One) from Arrow Films. If you're at all interested in kung fu films, I would highly recommend snagging a copy for yourself. The set itself is gorgeous, a handsomely bound book that unfolds to reveal 8 discs containing 12 classic martial arts films from the legendary Shaw Brothers studio (the studio that made martial arts films a cottage industry during the '60s and '70s). (It was on sale for $89.99 on Amazon…

  • Billy Madison

    Billy Madison

    ★★★½

    The temperatures have reached the upper 90s here in Wisconsin. It is definitely too hot for a penguin to just be...walking around.

    "Billy Madison" is a very dumb movie. I've always thought so. At first, that was a negative to me. It was how I criticized it when it was released, back when I hated Adam Sandler and found him obnoxious. Now, I find its dumbness charming. It's a sublimely stupid movie, full of glorious little non sequitor moments (one…

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  • My Cousin Vinny

    My Cousin Vinny

    ★★★★

    Marisa Tomei winning an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress was long considered one of the biggest screw-ups in Oscar history. She was considered undeserving, her performance too light and insubstantial for an award.

    If you hold this opinion, I respect your viewpoint. But you can also go fuck yourself.

    If you can watch the scene at the end where Marisa explains positraction on the witness stand without smiling, and without marveling at how fully and beautifully Marisa Tomei hijacks the…

  • Dunkirk

    Dunkirk

    ★★★★★

    There's a tendency of this site to immediately overrate new movies. And I get it. Seeing a film in the theater has a bewitching effect. When you're used to seeing movies on your TV or, God forbid, your tablet, the charge of seeing something projected as large as possible in a big, dark room alone makes a movie a little better. If that movie's even remotely great, then all the better. Letterboxd isn't the only social media site to stoke…